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whole obstruction for a limited part of that trip was less than significant. that was the basis for our decision. it is not trying to convince anyone to agree with us but we are laying out the evidence as to why we found less than significant. i wanted to make sure that that was made clear. president fong: i will make a couple of comments. i am continually impressed by the technical questions that this commission is able to bring up. i feel like i am intimately knowledgeable about this project and this site. after growing up on the waterfront, spending five years on the port commission when this product was being discussed initially, and watching the project sponsor shift the project, it has probably gone through four or five different changes in response to the community input and some of the workshops that have occurred.
i think it has come quite a long way. i also know the project as a swimmer and member of the golden gate swimming and chess club. i will miss the pool for four years, but i think it will come back bigger, better, stronger. it steps down as far as massing adequately. it's sort of asks for this kind of step down in massing. some of the comments i fault -- i thought were interesting work challenges about whether or not this property owner has paid the right amount of property tax during the last transaction. i want to point out that that came from an article, which i thought was a interesting source carried whether they are wrong or right, i'm not sure if our commissioners should be basing our decisions on the balance sheets of a project sponsore.
i thought that was interesting. as far as the comment about developers making money, the developers who need affordable housing are in there to make money. we need a little bit of everything. a lot of one thing, one way or the other, is obviously not the right direction. i am going to take a position, hopefully representing most san franciscans who do believe the embarcadero has come a long way. we have much for -- we have a lot to go forward with the exploratorium and this will make the embarcadero and much more active area. president buell: i will be brief. as evidenced by 90% of the testimony, it has been directed to the planning commission.
the rec and park commission has heard about 10% relating to the shadow impact on the site. what we are being asked to do is assess whether or not the shadows created by this project create significant adverse affects on the park. i thought staff did a good job in establishing the criteria. part of it is how the shadows occur, time of day, time of year, and location. we have heard from a staff that it is a small fraction of 1%. those shadows occur in the month of june and july between 6:45- 7:00 in the morning and between 6:15-6:30 at night. we normally would not be sharing this time with the planning commission were it not for that fraction of 1%. with that, i want to let the audience know as well as our commission that that is the scope of our interest in this project. we do not weigh in on bulk,
height, transit, parking. commissioner levitan: i just wanted to echo my colleague, president buell. this has been an interesting hearing. i am truthful when i say i cannot remember the last time seven hours went by so quickly. [laughter] i go on road trips with two small children so i know what seven hours can actually feel like. it is interesting because the subject matter is interesting and the testimony has been interesting. it has been varied and diverse and well-thought out and articulate it. my temptation is to weigh in on more of the substance of the issue before us that my esteemed colleagues have far better expertise in. the extent that i am able to vote is what president buell suggested. to that end, i do think that the
amount of coverage and the duration of that shadow, relative to all of the benefits of the project, really are such that the shadows are not in the least bit of verse to the area and projects. i look forward to supporting it. commissioner lee: likewise, this has been a very educational experience for all of us. i would like to also add that that area of san francisco is changing. it is changing at the capitol committee, at the rec and park commission, we just approved the installation of a playground at the park. there are more families living there. that is why we decided to do that project and that will
provide some amenities for families with kids. we also recognize that that entire neighborhood has undergone enormous change. i remember in 1989, pre-1989, that part was under a freeway. it was covered by a freeway. today, of course, that has completely changed after the earthquake. we do live in the city. we have to balance the needs of change with the need for open space and parks. given, on balance, this particular project, the public benefit outweighs the minimal shadow impact upon the park.
i would also support, along with my colleagues, this proposal. i do have a question -- actually, with regard to tennis. we have heard a lot of testimony from the tennis club. regarding the loss of use of the club and so forth. i would like to see if we, as a department, our general manager, can reach out to some of these families. clearly, we have a very robust tennis program at golden gate park. for instance, i was there -- our capital committee approved the repaving of the tennis courts that are now in the golden gate park tennis center, with a donation from the united states tennis association. we have also undergone, through
our capital division, repaving and improvement of tennis courts all over san francisco. i would like to see if our general manager could reach out to the families of the golden gate tennis club to see if we can include some of those families in the public tennis programs we have at sanford and -- at the san francisco recreation and parks department. we do have some very committed staff that are deeply committed to promoting the sport of tennis. i believe that we can provide a public venue for the members of the golden gate tennis club. thank you. commissioner antonini: i move to certify the final environmental impact report.
commissioner miguel: i would like to second that and add that i was remiss in not mentioning in my previous remarks the letter presented by peter from will. any individual is spent 16 years as the executive director on ee has a depth of knowledge of this area of the city far more than i could ever have. for the majority of people who are in this room or have been in this room today. i think that his recommendation should be acknowledged. >> planning commissioners, there is a motion on the floor for item number one, the proposal to certify the final environmental impact report. if the motion has been seconded. on the motion to certify the final environmental impact report. commissioner antonini: aye. commissioner borden: aye.
commissioner miguel: aye. commissioner sugaya: no. vice president wu: no. president fong: aye. that motion passes 4-2. may i call item 2a? the proposal to adopt the environmental quality act. is there a motion? commissioner antonini: i moved to adopt the findings. >> second. >> it is for adoption of the findings of the california environmental quality act. commissioner antonini: aye. commissioner borden: aye. commissioner miguel: aye. commissioner sugaya: no. vice president wu: no. president fong: aye. >> the motion passes 4-2. i will turn over item 2b to you.
item 2b is the ferry park request to consider jointly with the rec and park commission to establish a cumulative shadow. i will call the roll if there is a motion. commissioner miguel: i moved to adopt the item. >> second. >> there is a motion for adoption. the establishment of a cumulative shadow limit. comm aye. commissioner borden: aye. commissioner miguel: aye. commissioner sugaya: no. vice president wu: no. president fong: aye.
that motion passes. >> we are still on item 2b and we need a motion from the rec and park commission to establish the cumulative shadow limit for the park and to adopt the findings under the ceqa. do we have a motion? commissioner levitan: i would move that my colleagues adopt this resolution, including a statement of overriding consideration and mitigation of monitoring and reporting the program and establishing a cumulative shall limit for sue berman park. i move that we adopt the resolution. >> second. vice president harrison: aye.
commissioner bonilla: aye. commissioner lee: aye. commissioner levitan: aye. president buell: aye. >> we are on item 2c. do we have a motion? >> yes. i would move to recollect -- a resolution recommending the planning commission finds eight net new shadow cast by the proposed project at eight washington street will not be adverse. >> second. vice president harrison: aye. commissioner bonilla: aye. commissioner lee: aye. commissioner levitan: aye. president buell: aye. >> with that, the recreation and parks commission will adjourn if we have a motion to adjourn. >> so moved. >> >
>> ok. we're back in session. i think this is the last third of this session. the planning commission is by itself to finish off the other entitlements for 8 washington. commissioners, we are just -- rec park has adjourned following their action. and now the planning commission will consider all of the rest of the items on this agenda. item 2-d for 8 washington is a request to consider whether the net new will be adverse and to authorize the allocation of a cumulative through river park to the project. president fong: commissioner antonini. commissioner antonini: i'd like to move to consider whether the new shadow impact will be adverse and to authorize the allocation of the cumulative chatle. will not be adverse, of course.
naturally. and then to authorize allocation of the cumulative shadow limit for the park to the project. >> second. >> thank you, commissioners. on the motion that the new chatle will not be adverse and to authorize the allocation of the cumulative chatle for the river park to this project of 8 washington. on that motion, -- [roll call] >> commissioners, item 2 e. the request for general plan amendments. within the northeastern area plan of the general plan. president fong: commissioner antonini? commissioner antonini: i'd like to remove request for a piping
plan. >> second. >> thank you. on the motion before you for recommend approval of this map change -- >> [roll call] thank you, commissioners. that motion passed 4-2. for item 2-f, this is consideration of a motion making findings with consistency with the general plan and priority policies of planning code session 101.1. this, the motion before you, with the amendments that were offered by staff earlier today. president fong: commissioner miguel? president miguel: i prove item 2 f with the amendment as stated by staff. president fong: second. >> on the motion before you for approval with the amendments offered by staff earlier today -- >> roll call]
>> on item 2g, zoning map ht 01. the southeastern areas of the development sites from 84 e to 92. and one portion in 136 e hite portion. commissioner antonini: move to reclassify zoning height and bulk, two areas of zoning map h-201, 1 southeastern area of the development site from 84 e to 92 e and another portion from 84 e to 136 e. commissioner miguel: second. >> on the motion of approval of the zoning map reclassification
-- [roll call] that motion passed 4-2. and finally, on the request for conditional use authorization with the modifications offered by staff earlier today, -- president fong: commissioner miguel? commissioner miguel: i move conditional use authorization with the amendments made by staff earlier today. >> second. >> on the motion to approve the conditional use authorization with the amendments offered by staff -- [roll call] >> thank you, commissioners. it passes 4-. mr. president? president fong: that does take
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>> good morning, everyone. i am the executive director of the bay area. we do not get a turnaround you get. and is our honor and privilege to host you, mr. mayor, city college of san francisco, a leading companies in san francisco, and fellow community organizations. we open your bay area three years ago this past tuesday and will come to our class of 80 students. we are trying to solve two problems of the same time. the first is that companies are struggling to find talent, particularly in the field of technology. at the same time, there are thousands of talented young adults in the city and more than 5 million across the country
looking for the opportunity to build a meaningful career. our students go through five months of intensive training and hard i.t. skills and the increasingly important soft skills of communication and professionalism. this is on by an internship of one of 21 companies, who are represented today. we expect the number of companies to grow because of the leadership we have been city hall. there is a buzz in the city because we have an administration that understands the importance of economic development, and one that understands economic development is still by workforce development. it have to attend both at the same time. it is my honor to introduce a man who knows how to create and the the economic engine, the honorable mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you very much. i have had a chance to reflect the last couple of hours on what i wanted to say today.
the first thing that came to my mind was the years that i spent in every community of the city picking up trash with kids, all over the neighborhoods, just realizing what can we do to reach everybody in each neighborhood? we tried to do that through the neighborhood cleanup. more importantly, when it came to jobs and future, when i ascended to this position, i wanted to signal strongly that not only would we bring business back in the most enlightening way and get those new economy's going, but we would do it in a way to create open our kids. the worst thing is to have kids in neighborhood say, downtown and city hall, they get the jobs and create businesses and they make those tax decisions, but it does not touch me. it is not about me. how do we do that in the city, where it is so exciting these
days to invite our technology companies to come together and work with us? that has been on my mind for a long time. it was there years ago when we struggled with this concept called digital divide. remember that? technology is moving ahead, apple and everybody is in silicon valley and they are creating these wonderful machines, but not for us. we have to catch up in some way, and if we're lucky, we can get one of these jobs. i do not want to depend on luck any more. it should be part of the way we think in this city. when we create opportunities for businesses to thrive here, when recreate jobs, when i invite twitter to stay in the city and have that decision resonate, working with supervisors like mark farrell, and jane kim, we all work together. we have to think several steps
ahead. the most exciting thing is to have a san francisco resident land these jobs and get the foundation by which they will be successful. that is what we mean when we use the world sustainable. those words are not part of us either. they were for the environmental movement. what does that mean for us? it is really about making sure our local government works to create the conditions which our kids are successful and the very businesses that we give breaks to, and then we help establish success for, and then we invite to come into our city. today is going to be another great announcement. i want to thank you for all the work you are doing. i want to thank colon for joining us as well, helping us put together a fantastic grant application, and to also thank minority leader pelosi's office.
friends who also believe this is where we have to go. this is what san francisco has been all about. today, announcing that we have a grant from the department of labor for $5 million, that fulfills an application put together brilliantly and number of different companies, training institutions, collaborating with the city college, to bring real hope to our kids in san francisco, kids that we care about. we fulfil a promise that has been made for decades that we would not leave you without hope in the city. we put real dollars into that today. you are going to hear this from this administration time and again. you will have a lot of your colleagues talk about this day.
everything has changed from this day forward. we are not going to have businesses just succeed on their own without lifting of our participation. whether it is jobs looking at those earlier jobs that we focused on. these tech companies and their early stages were looking for the most brilliant software engineers they could find, so they were recruiting from berkeley, stanford, and they got to that initial talent. but as they grow and sustain this industry, they are looking for data systems administrators. they're looking for multimedia artists. graphic designers. they are looking for marketers and customer service people. all of the town that wants to stand behind me that it is represented here is san francisco's. the greatness of our city is with the town we have locally. there is not going to be a divide here. there will be an opportunity here, with this grant, we create
the educational links that give the skill sets and then the companies will turn around -- the companies have already committed that are here today -- like ibm, ibm, salesforce, all the companies that have joined us in this effort, have been a commitment to hire from this training center we are creating today. so it is not just a promise any more. real dollars are being spent. you are going to be trained, you will get those skills, and it will go right into job opportunities and this will be the recruitment center for companies relocating here. the promise is being delivered because we have friends like nancy pelosi, jay, gleen and others working with organizations in san francisco to make us successful author of the stages. it is not just an announcement about money.